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Jefferson Students Reveal Secrets of Wizarding World

Mr. Bill teaches an enrichment class for Muggles, fans and aficionados of Harry Potter.

By Maia McNulty and Nicole Westwood

Mr. Bill: By day he’s the school custodian. By Wednesday afternoon ... he’s Dumbledore.

Mr. Bill, or is this case, Professor Albus Dumbledore, teaches Wizards Club, a fun after-school enrichment class at Jefferson Elementary School.

Wizards Club is based on the magical world of Harry Potter, one of the most famous series in the world. We spent a few afternoons like spies on the wall observing all the spells and magic of the class. We saw the students duel and cast charms. One day, Mr. Bill’s rat was wet, and he was upset because he doesn’t like his rat wet.

“Stop crawling around the house like a house elf!” he scolded one of this students.

The students are split up into teams -- Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin and Gryffindor -- to play games such as Quidditch, and “Who Am I, Who are You,” Wizard War, and Stump.

Our favorite game, and by far the most funniest game, is dueling. To play dueling, two students come up to each other, bow, and then throw spells at each other. We picked up a few spells such as Avada Kedavra (a killing curse) and Stupefy (a stunning spell), and Protego (shield charm).

One of the most coolest things we discovered was that Professor Bill has over 10 wands. But the best? When Professor Bill says He Who Must Not Be Named ... Voldemort. Everyone screams.

Custodian by day. Dumbledore by night. Mr. Bill teaches an inner-active But the kids just think it’s fun.

Maia McNulty and Nicole Westwood recently wrote this story as elementary school reporters in the Jefferson after-school enrichment journalism class.

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